Arcola~ The Magic in the Middle

April 30 Newsletter

Dear Families,

You made it through April! We are now headed into a fun, busy and hectic time of the year. We are all ready for the end and we have much to accomplish. Students are busy trying their best to stay on task and get through a final marking period. Families are doing their best to stay healthy and keep their kids focused. Yes, busy all around! I encourage you all communicate, hydrate, rest and keep your focus. There are roughly 30 days and we will dig deep in our souls to successfully finish strong.


Thank you for your on-going support! Please join me this week as we honor and thank our teaching staff and school nurses as we celebrate teachers and nurses all over! These folks have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty to be there for our students, day and night. I am grateful to be in a building that cares for one another and the children and families we serve. They are the #1 ingredient in a successful school and fully allow for students to grow and learn. I appreciate them and all they do.

The Counselor Corner

PSSA testing starts on Tuesday, May 11. If your child is feeling anxious about the tests themselves or coming into the building if they have been learning virtually, let their counselor know or encourage them to reach out to make an appointment. We would be happy to meet with them in person or via Zoom to work on calming their anxiety.

May Testing- PSSA and Keystone Dates and Information

Testing Dates:


  • May 11, 12, 13 PSSA ELA- grade 7 and 8
  • May 17, 18- ALGEBRA 1 STUDENTS ONLY- Keystone Math
  • May 19, 20, PSSA Math- grades 7 and 8
  • May 24, 25- PSSA Science- grade 8 only
  • May 28 and 31- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS


Testing Information:



  • 9-11AM Testing
  • Virtual students will arrive on bus or car (car arrival begins for virtual at 8:30) and test in Cafeteria/commons area
  • On site students will test in their assigned advisory group
  • Special period schedule will be run and will be posted in ALL GC
  • After testing, virtual students will be dismissed to go home; asynchronous for rest of day and will have assigned work per class with a 5pm due time per day; on site students will follow posted schedule
  • There is no homework nor new instructional material being introduced. This is the best time to truly get caught up on assignments and work
  • Students must leave all Chromebooks, phones and smartwatches in backpacks
  • Students need pencils, a book, water and calculator
  • Students on site who are not testing will be in the auditorium; virtual students are home- all can do reading or make-up work during that testing window in the morning